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Hungry Girl Today: 5.28.08


Dear Hungry Girl,

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your new book -- so many new recipes, plus my faves
all in one place! But I need to know why the Weight Watchers POINTS®
values for those recipes are only online. How come they aren't in the book?
It's a huge pain to go online every time I need to get a POINTS® value for
one of the recipes.

Curious in Cherry Hill

Dear Curious,

As you can imagine, we are getting dozens of emails every day from people
asking this very question. The answer is simple. The POINTS® values for the
recipes were not printed inside the book (but have been made available
online) because Weight Watchers asked us to do it that way. We LOVE WW
(they were nice enough to co-develop a bunch of recipes for the book with
us), and it was important to them, so we happily complied. In fact, we saw it
as a great opportunity to create our book site, featuring gorgeous photos of
every single recipe (we sure couldn't fit all those inside the book!). As for it
being a pain to go online to get that info, we've heard that many of you have
(brilliantly!) decided to write the POINTS® values for the recipes inside the
book, so you don't have to look them up online each time you want to make
one. Great idea! And to make it easier, we've created a handy at-a-glance
list of nutritionals and POINTS® values for all the book recipes -- click here
for this easy-to-print reference guide!

Dear HG,

You always talk about mystery ingredients in restaurant foods. How can I
possibly know how many calories and fat grams are in the sauces and salad
dressings they serve at restaurants, and what can I do to ensure I don't take
in a bazillion extra calories because of that stuff?

Sauced Up

Dear Sauced Up,

Well, unless the restaurant specifically provides the exact calorie counts for
their sauces and/or dressings, you really CAN'T know. But the good news is
that there are some things you can do and words to look out for in order to
help you make smarter decisions. For starters, always ask for the sauce
and/or dressing on the side. And if it looks overly oily or creamy, avoid it or
use very sparingly. Your best bet for dressings is to bring your own (Wish-
Bone Salad Spritzers are my favorite take-along salad-toppers, and single-
serving packets of low-cal dressings are also great). Another dressing tip is
to get creative by using lemon juice (ask for a few wedges), vinegar
(balsamic is good), and/or some salsa. When looking for dipping sauces,
stick with soy sauce, mustard, salsa or ketchup. Big no-no sauces are
Alfredo, vodka, and anything with the word "cream" in it. Teriyaki and BBQ
can go either way (sometimes they're overly sugary!), and tomato-based
sauces are usually your best bet. Here's a little help with the sauce and
dressing stats you CAN find. Click and scroll here to see the (crazy-high!)
calorie counts for the dressings at T.G.I. Friday's. The following restaurants
all list the nutritionals for their sauces and dressings with the rest of their
nutritional stats on their websites (click on the restaurant names to
download 'em) -- Chili's, Ruby Tuesday, and Romano's Macaroni Grill. Most
fast food restaurants also provide those stats online. But, bottom line? If
nutritionals are unpublished, YOU NEVER KNOW... so be careful!

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